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English(es) in Post-Independence Namibia

An Investigation of Variety Status and Its Implications for English Language Teaching


Helene Steigertahl

This volume contributes to the fields of World Englishes, English Language Teaching and Second Language Acquisition, assessing the English(es) spoken in post-Independence Namibia beyond variety status. Based on questionnaires and corpus analysis, the author analyzes morphosyntactical structures, language use and attitudes towards English(es) in comparison to home languages. She gives new insights into the structure of spoken language and potential varieties of English in particular. Focus is put on a geographical area that only recently attracted increasing attention in the field of World Englishes. The author’s work can be regarded as an attempt to bridge several aspects of the frequently discussed «paradigm gap» between World Englishes and Second Language Acquisition studies.

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Many people contributed to the project on English(es) spoken by Black Namibians after independence and I am truly thankful for their support during the past years, while I was working on this book that is based on my PhD dissertation to become what it is today.

First of all, I would like to thank all the participants of my research. Without your eagerness and willingness to participate, I would not have come anywhere. Thank you for patiently filling out the questionnaires, for listening to my questions, for telling me your stories and giving me feedback.

Secondly, I am very grateful to my contact persons, schools and organizations, i.e. Elifas #Goseb Primary School with Principal Inzea Gauchab, the Secondary School of Usakos, Shoopala Combined School with Principal Martin Shikalepo, Ruacana Primary School with Principal Lusia Shipiki, the Unlock Foundation with founder and directors Scott Karrel and Christopher Sky Sikosi and the Combined School, Emily and the Youth Center, SUNI e.V. with Barbara Scharfbillig and Patricia Ndjavera and the Project School of Gobabis, and Manuel Mayr and Elisabeth Ofner for introducing me to KIFI. I am indebted to KIFI’s staff for their support with accommodation and other troubles, especially Helena and Vionah. Special thanks go to Ismael for supporting me with numerous copies in Usakos, and even more so to my dear Daniella Grünewald, who so often ran to make more and more copies for me in Windhoek. You all facilitated my work immensely...

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